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January 1, 2014: 7:55 AM ET

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Screen Shot 2014-01-01 at 7.48.26 AMFORTUNE -- Apple (AAPL) as an investment looks very different, depending on your time frame.

This could explain why long-term investors tend to be happy campers. More recent arrivals, not so much.

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